WACO, Texas — Following West Virginia’s 73-42 loss to No. 17 Baylor, coach Dana Holgorsen cited a laundry list of issues, including a brutal defensive regression and continued communication problems between himself and quarterback Clint Trickett.

“We said it all week—if we got into a track meet we wouldn’t be in good shape,” he said. “Offensively we’re not equipped to be able to keep up.”

Click on the video to see all of Holgorsen’s postgame comments.

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  • richard

    say what you want about bill stewart.....but like it or not, he was a good coach who got caught between a rock and a hard place. luck wanted his own guy. he got him and now it's biting him in the butt. and btw------stewart was an excellent recruiter. he had many high profile players. ppl who say different don't know what they are saying.

    • John

      Then where are his great recruits now? He was a great guy, a good assistant coach, and a terrible head coach who would be lost in this conference.

    • Pudge

      Recruiting starts when they first meet the kid and his parents not when the kid takes the field in Morgantown. Stew might very well have had a hand in recruiting recent WVU talent, but it was under Coach Rod if he did. When would you first take a look at a Tavon Austin... junior in high school maybe?

      Stew took over a top 5 program (one game away from playing for a national championship), turned it into a top 25 program, and then finished with it outside the top 25 completely.

      Great guy though. Nobody questions that.

      • garth

        I agree with Pudge..He was a good guy, but lacked class when he called a reporter to "dig up dirt" on Holgerson. There is a reason you are an assistant coach for 33 years, and your one chance at VMI didn't turn our well either. I doubt any of the players he had under his tenure in Morgantown was "his recruit", possibly Bruce Irwin..Stew never would have had the job if Pat White hadn't stood at the mic in Phoenix and said "hire Coach Stew."

  • Shadow

    Let's look at the bright side. No cars were turned over or burnt in Morgantown! And the sofas were safe! I think it is a conspiracy between DH and the Police.

  • steve

    I say load em both in a patti wagon (Ollie and Holg) and stop in DC and pick up Obama as well .All three need to be run out of the Country..............

    • Uncle Unctuous

      Patti wagon? Take a remedial English course, then try again.

  • Hammer

    One, we never had a full compliment of scholarships (assume that we do now) when competing in the Big East; did not need it do to the quality of competition. Two, we have no depth and even our some of our starters are just not the quality of even with the Marylands and Baylors.

    Third, this IS NOT THE BIG EAST. With the new playoff format next year, don't look for the GA States on the schedule (But Alabama next year, good lord we pray) Fourth, Holgi can not manage a game (play calling and down and distance) and says he has communication problems with QB..humm.

  • Tim C

    The track meet happened because the receivers were allowed to run free all night. We did not jam them at the line and we did not make them pay when they did catch the ball. The coaching staff and the players just mailed it in last night. Every good coach knows the only way to counter the spread offense is QB pressure and bump and run coverage. We did neither. Patterson says he tried everything, that is pure BS. Anyone who watched the game could see that we did not blitz until the scrubs were in the game, the safeties sat back there in what resembled a "prevent" defense or a deep cover two. We only had 6 guys in the box all night to stop the run. If you're going to give up 70+ points at least act like you came to play. We weren't playing to win, we were playing not to lose.

  • Robin

    “We said it all week—if we got into a track meet we wouldn’t be in good shape,” he said. “Offensively we’re not equipped to be able to keep up.”

    Whoa there! Defensively you were not equipped to keep up either!

    Since you have been here you have coached someone else's players, someone else's team. Those teams did not have a bunch of junior college transfers. They had players brought into Morgantown who learned about the state and the people. They played for the state, they played for the school, they played with pride. As I see it, that is not the case now.

    I was pumped when Doc Holiday came back to coach with Stewart. I think it is time to go steal a coach that gets it.

    • John

      Yeah, that's what we need. A guy who can't even win at Marshall. He'd do great at big boy football.

      • Be fare

        Doc has done a tremendous job this year. Marshall hands down has more talent than WVU. No way WVU could play va tech the way marshall did. I know marshall schedule is weaker but to say he cannot win is absurd.

        • Dougie

          Va Tech is terrible this year. Check their results...

          • hailey

            Be fare, Okie state agrees...no way WVU could beat a decent team ..The only years marshall can beat WVU is the years in which they do not play. I am going to proclaim WVU would beat the Steelers this year, prove me wrong

  • Habib Haddad

    The Sun came up this morning and the birds are singing. People are going to work and I assume that means in the Puskar Center as well. No one is as good or as bad as we think in the heat of the moment. As bad as WVU looked last night, we should not be surprised. We simply do not have the talent YET to compete with the elite teams in the Big XII. Will we? 6 years ago, Baylor did not. They hired a former coaching mate of Dana Holgerson. Last night it was obvious that Baylor was better and much deeper than our boys. We could not afford to make a mistake, yet we did. Repeatedly. There will be better days.

  • Eric

    Last week everyone praised holgerson, the week before they wanted to fire hin, this week they want to fire him again. Could it be that Baylor was just a better team and this is a rebuilding year for WVU? The redskins lost 3 straight so they should fire their head coach too?

    • Harpers Ferry

      Yes. Keep the name "Redskins" though.

  • Pat

    Said it before. Holgy gets five years to make the team his own. At that point if WV isn't winning he deserves to be let go. Still have a chance this year to get to a bowl. Let's go Mountaineers!!

    • Harpers Ferry

      Five? At most respectable programs you get three.

  • William

    FROM INSIDE THE HUDDLE' - Some of the players don't like Holgorsen and will not play hard for this coach.

    • WV07

      If they don't like him,then why did they chose to come here? You're an idiot.You talk real loud when we lose.You are not a WVU fan.

    • Uncle Unctuous

      FROM INSIDE WILLIAM'S HEAD - Voices. A cacophony of incoherent voices, demanding the repetitious posting of the same hackneyed phrases, day after day. Oh, when will the voices stop?!

    • Kevin

      What did they do last week then? QB broke in half, people diving after throws, etc.........seemed like they played hard in that game against Ok ST for coach Holgs.......find another arguement

  • William

    DOES ANYONE HAVE A PHONE NUMBER FOR A GOOD COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH?

    • WV07

      No but I know a website with an idiot named WILLIAM. He TYPES in all caps and repeats himself with his cut and paste comments.

  • John

    Ollie and Dana should be run out of Morgantown on a rail!

    • Big Larry

      The WVU football team was completely outcoached, out physicaled and outplayed...

      And yes, physicaled is a word...

      Out Physicaled...The act of completely dominating one's competition and imposing one's will via superior toughness, agility, and desire.

  • Tony C.

    Hey WVU fans, this the bed you made now sleep in it. He was "the chosen one" they ran poor Bill Stewart out of town for. Bill wasn't so bad after all huh? When did winning 9 games at WVU get you fired?? Good job Oliver Luck.

    • Sic

      Agree

    • Pudge

      Part of the problem is Stew left the cupboard bare. Name a Stewart recruit.

      Holgs is left to deal with his newbs and zero experience.

      • Harpers Ferry

        Name a Stew recruit? Ok, prepare to be completely embarassed. Here you go: Bruce Irvin, Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Steadman Bailey. Those guys play on Sundays now. 2 went in the First Round, 1 went in the Second.

        Pudge is an appropriate name for you, but might I suggest "Idiot" as well. You might want to know your facts or look things up before you open your mouth.

        • Pudge

          RR's kids.

          • Harpers Ferry

            Wrong. It's called the internet, might want to start using it to fact check

          • hailey

            Puge, quit while you are behind, your making a William out of yourself

        • John

          They played 4 years and graduated. Should be some recruits for the next 3 years, but there aren't are there? Stew took incredible talent and made it mediocre and he didn't replace that talent when he needed to. Tired of hearing about Stew's 9 win seasons. He would be lost in the competition of the big 12.

          • Pudge

            I agree.

            Holgs isn't impressing anyone, but he does have to build this thing basically from scratch. Only time will tell if he's up to the task. Coach Rod went 3-8 his first season and look how that eventually turned out.

            Holgs needs a few years to rotate in his kids running his system with a bit of experience under all of their belts. Then pass judgement.

          • Harpers Ferry

            They played 4 years? That's your excuse? How long do you think you they have to play? Ten?

          • Pudge

            They weren't Stewarts recruits. Recruiting is when you meet the kid and his parents... not when he's on the field in Morgantown.

        • garth

          Geno was already committed when Rod was here, he almost didnt come on board when Rod left..Austin and Bailey were recruited by Doc Holliday.

          • Bob Smithers

            Wrong Garth,I listened to Geno commit on sportsline.Def. after RR was gone.RR was after T.Pryor hard,he's the one that took WVU off his list when RR left.T.Boyd had commited to Stew,but his dad talked him out of it cause Stew wasn't gonna let a recruits dad tell him what to do.After that is when Geno commited.

          • garth

            geno was in talks with Rod as was Terrell..Pryor wasnt a sure thing in Mtown, as Ohio St and Penn St were after him heavily.

          • Bob Smithers

            Wrong again Garth.RR had already been at UM a year before Geno commited to WVU.Pryor was a year ahead of Geno.

    • Dave

      Gotta remember.....Winning 9 games while in the Big East probably translates to less in the Big 12. With that being said, knowing that Baylor could have probably scored 100 on us if they truly wanted doesn't bode well for the program. I don't think a RichRod team has ever given up more than 56..much less 56 in the first half.....ouch.

  • Lo boy

    Great points, William.

    • WV07

      Nice screen name change William. Hope you made yourself feel better.

  • William

    How bad is Holgorsen recruiting?
    Get use to losing WVU fans, because it starts at the top and Holgorsen is as BAD AS IT GETS.
    WVU fans, tell me why you think Holgorsen is a good coach, or just tell me some good things about him;
    I will make a list and we will see how big it gets!

    • WV07

      If you are not a wvu fan then why do you care?

      • Rick

        I am a WVU fan and supporter and I do care.
        He is a terrible recruiter. He took other coaches recruits and did great one year, fair the second year and this year after running BUIE off he has none left, it is all him. It IS terrible. Our team played their hearts out against Baylor and that counts for something. Will it get better with this coach, not NO but HELL NO.
        Again why do you think he IS a good coach?

    • Big Larry

      We can't run. We can't pass. We can't stop the run. We can't stop the pass. We can't tackle. Other than that, we're just not a very good football team right now. But keep in mind we’re very young. In two or three years, when Holgorsen and the brew crew is gone we will be much better.